Sahara Harrington is a Ph.D. student currently working in Thomas Kidd's neuro-developmental laboratory. Her research focuses on studying the influence of proteins on heart development in fruit flies. It is interesting to note that fruit flies share similarities in early heart development with humans. Sahara has a strong passion for science, particularly in the fields of research and biology. She has gained valuable experience in both academic and corporate settings, having worked in nutraceutical development before returning to the university to pursue further education.
Throughout her academic journey, Sahara has held positions as a teaching assistant and a research assistant. However, her main interest lies in supporting new graduate students and helping them navigate the intricacies of academia. As a first-generation college student, she understands the challenges of understanding the implicit expectations of graduate school. Sahara aims to ensure that others do not face the same difficulties she encountered.
Beyond her academic pursuits, Sahara enjoys playing music and hosts a podcast called "Thesis Thursdays." The podcast features interviews with fellow graduate students and professors, shedding light on their ongoing projects and providing unique insights that are typically only acquired through graduate school experiences.